When I turned 8 years old, my mom gave me a hope chest as a present, and thereafter I was gifted with crochet doilies, bed sheets, bath towels, etc to fill my hope chest. My mother loved my hope chest, I absolutely hated it!, I hated it when I received it at the age of 8 when I was hoping to get a far more interesting gift, and I have hated it ever since, and somehow, this unwanted hope chest has followed me all my life, my mother makes sure of that 🙂
The last few years it´s been in my sewing room, where I glare at it all the time. So the other day my daughter Andi said to me…. Why don´t you sand and paint it….My first reaction was, no way, there is nothing that can salvage that monstrosity, with it´s horrible lacquered finish, and the very thought of stripping the varnish from the whole thing was just too daunting. However she finally convinced me, and so we decided to strip the top and paint the rest with chalk paint.
I used my husband´s electric sander to strip the top, and even then it wasn´t easy, in the end, he did me the huge favor of doing most of the sanding.
Then I painted the rest with white chalk paint, I had to apply 3 coats of paint. The hardware, I spray painted in silver and then I applied clear wax to the painted area.
I applied a coat of mineral oil from Ikea to the sanded top, it´s called Skydd, the minute I applied the oil the top turned a dark brown, which surprised me because I apply this oil to wooden kitchen top counters all the time, and they don´t darken, but anyway I don´t mind this darkish brown, it´s quite nice.
And here is the finished product, so finally, 44 years after receiving it, I can finally say that I actually like my hope chest!